12 Mar 2014

Nearly back in the saddle...

Well, sometimes things go arse up on you when you least expect it. Sometimes it's meant to happen that way as it gives you a new appreciation of life when it feels like you've been given another serve of what your horse did previously.

I've had an interesting 5 months where I've travelled from the north coast to the Riverina of NSW and settled into a rental house.

For the first 2 months I lived out of various places - pubs, youth hostels, my car. As I wasn't disabled, dependent on drugs, a recently separated mother and had no intention of staying in the Sydney area the Dept of Housing didn't want to know me. I was homeless unless you count sleeping in a car you own, in a council park by a river when you have used all available funds and are waiting on the next unemployment payment,  a kind of home. I was back in the area I grew up in so the river and surrounds were familiar. Being homeless turned out to be a new experience though. Homeless doesn't mean hopeless, stupid or poor. Some of us are just a bit broke sometimes :P.

Found myself a new friend there who used to stand guard for me while I had a shower in the men's public toilets as the ladies only had cold showers. It's been 3 months today since the first time he did this and we're still seeing each other. He was one of the interesting discoveries I made. The other interesting thing was discovering he had a place in the Riverina, about 2 and a half hours drive from where I am now, but we see each other often enough. My new header pic is taken from his place at sunset.

I'm now back in the town I lived in 25 years ago....where I bought my first house, where I started raising my eldest 2 kids. It's a bit bigger now but the people are still just as friendly and the countryside looks much the same.

My cast is off, I'm doing physiotherapy and I should be able to ride my horse, hopefully, at the end of March. I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my best friends, the horses, dog and cat with me. Can't wait to throw a saddle on my horse, take the dog and go for a ride then have a hot shower afterwards and curl up in bed with a book and my cat. It's not quite the same without riding the horse.

Cheers,
Robyn

11 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you are on the mend, Robyn...in more ways than one too I expect :-) I hope that the future brings some nice surprises your way. Lovely sunset by the way!

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    1. Lol Chel, the physical side is taking longer than I thought but guess that's my age! I may be mad but I've already started "window shopping" small acre farms as I figure it doesn't hurt to know what's available and what sellers expect it's worth. I can only take credit for the photography on the sunset as Mother Nature did the artwork :).

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  2. Hi Robyn, I've been reading the DTE forum on blogging, and decided to investigate everyone's blogs, so here I am on yours :-) I've enjoyed reading it - great photos! and have added it to my favourites list so I can come back some time soon.
    In case you don't know who the heck this is, I'm Georgie Girl!

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  3. Lovely to see you posting again Robyn!! Yep, life can offer surprises, some bad, and some really exciting. I think it is better than reading a Mills and Boon where you know the ending.
    Lovely sunset ... dry looking countryside.
    Take care!

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    1. Thank you. Not into M&B but exciting and trustworthy is good. It's been raining so hoping the view is less dry now..

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  4. Good to see you back and settled. I'd love to hear more of your 'living rough' stories. What an experience. I hope things go much better for you now! Take care,

    Joolz xx

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  5. Joolz, I've just mentioned the parts I could laugh at and the person who's restoring my trust in the male gender. Most of the rest I'd rather leave in the past though I did meet some wonderful people along the way :).

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  6. Welcome back to blogger land...sounds like you've been through some tough times, wishing you a brighter future.

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  7. Hi Robyn, gosh you've been through the mill. I've only just really caught up with you. I've been away from blogging for quite a while and had missed previous posts because our lives too have had to go in another direction due to circumstances which were quite unexpected but I'm putting in the past.
    Glad to hear you are mending and I'm sending you good thoughts and wishing you many happy days ahead. Cheers now :D)

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  8. Wonderful to 'see' you back Robyn. Are there houses on small acreage to rent in your area? Around us, they are the cheapest rentals because they are just out of town and the owners don't want the upkeep. Best wishes for finding or reestablishing new roots.

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